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Child rights expert to lecture at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (April 26, 2004) -- Joachim Theis, Child Rights Advisor for the Save the Children Alliance in Bangkok, Thailand, will speak on "Human Rights and Development" at 3:10 p.m., Friday, April 30, in Scripps Hall's Anderson Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. While at Ohio University he will also teach a one-day workshop on how to integrate human rights into social development work.

Theis is a social development professional with 17 years of experience in international development work with a special emphasis on applied research and participatory methods involving children. For the past three years he has been working for the Save the Children Alliance (funded by Save the Children Sweden and United Kingdom) in Bangkok as a child rights programming advisor consulting with regional Save the Children program offices and providing training workshops on rights-based programming approaches for both government partners and organizational staff across Asia and the Pacific.

He has developed an in-depth understanding of child rights and child protection issues and is the author of "Handbook for Action-oriented Research on the Worst Forms of Child Labor Including Trafficking in Children." He has also developed practical tools for rights-based analysis and a training curriculum on rights-based programming. His current work includes capacity building for a variety of child rights organizations in Southeast Asia focusing on rights-based programming, child participation and advocacy approaches. Prior to his work for the alliance, he has held postings with Save the Children in Vietnam, Sudan and the Gaza Strip.

David Mould, director of Communication and Development Studies, explained the importance of Theis' topic to International Affairs students. "Human rights aren't just about political and religious rights, about free elections or a free press. What about the right to food and shelter? To education? To one's culture? And it's not just about the rights of adults, but of children," Mould said. "I think Dr. Theis will challenge us all to reexamine some of the traditional ways in which we've looked at both human rights and development."

Joachim Theis' lecture is sponsored by the Center for International Studies and the Communication and Development Studies Program and is part of the International Studies Forum a series of lectures on diverse topics of international concern.

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Media Contact: Center for International Studies Assistant Director for Communications Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu

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